North America

The Pulse

Wane, Wax, Whatever

Why Obama's walking a thin tightrope getting the public on board for a Syrian intervention.

Bruce Stokes |

Micah Zenko

A Translation Guide to Foreign Policy Gibberish

Wondering what is meant by 'all options are on the table'? A spokesperson will 'look into that' for you.

Micah Zenko |

Reality Check

Making a Virtue Out of a Necessity

The four reasons it was inevitable that Obama would go to Congress on Syria.

Aaron David Miller |

Letters

Ottawa Is No Caracas

Debating what it means to be a "rogue petrostate." 

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Spy Kids

A sci-fi visionary on why the children of tomorrow are the NSA's biggest nightmare.

Charles Stross |

Argument

Why Nobody Cares About the Surveillance State

When you've been groped by the TSA, what's a little NSA spying?

David Rieff |

Report

Two's a Crowd at the Pentagon

Is the Defense Department big enough for Chuck Hagel and his deputy?

Gordon Lubold |

Report

Spy or Die

Can corporate suicide stop the NSA?

Shane Harris |

Dept Of Secrets

Venting and Complaining

How the United States and the Soviet Union tried to conceal the problem of radioactive leaks from underground nuclear tests.

William Burr |

Daniel Altman

Larry Summers, Anger Translator

Is this who you want after Ben Bernanke?

Daniel Altman |

David Rothkopf

Declaring an End to the Decade of Fear

With U.S. national security policy under review, Obama has a chance to cement his legacy for the better. But will he take it?

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Diplomatic Doldrums

How is the State Department ever going to get a bigger budget if Congress isn’t clear about what it actually does?

Nicholas Kralev |

Argument

Breach or Debate

It's time for Congress to use its freedom of speech power to force the intelligence debate out into the open.

Bruce Ackerman |

Report

NSA Hype Machine

Is Edward Snowden exposing the NSA -- or just buying its sales pitch?

Shane Harris |

Putinology

Below the Radar

Worried about how Edward Snowden will affect President Obama's visit to Russia next month? Moscow isn't.

Anna Nemtsova |

Report

The Surveillance State Strikes Back

Why Edward Snowden just might turn out to be Big Brother's best friend.

Shane Harris |

David Rothkopf

Tokyo Drift

Naming Caroline Kennedy ambassador to Japan sends a terrible message about America.

David Rothkopf |

Report

The Supreme Court May Be the Best Hope to Stop the NSA

Congress couldn't draw back the surveillance dragnet. But the justices might.

Shane Harris |

Argument

Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy

So why aren't hackers crashing the grid?

Thomas Rid |

Marc Lynch

They Hate Us, They Really Hate Us

When anti-Americanism is this popular in Egypt, Washington should stay as far away as it can.

Marc Lynch |

Daniel Altman

Should the Fed Be More Reserved?

When you can't say what you mean, stop talking.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

More Unskilled Workers, Please

The new immigration bill doesn't do nearly enough to address America's real labor shortage.

Michael Clemens |

Putinology

Talk About Strange Bedfellows

In Moscow, sympathy for Edward Snowden crosses all party lines.

Anna Nemtsova |

Reality Check

Are Domestic Politics Evil?

What really happens when the national interest meets the water's edge.

Aaron David Miller |

Report

Has the Pentagon's Strategy Shop Gone MIA?

At the cash-strapped Defense Department, the bean counters now have the upper hand.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

Susan Rice Finally Has Her Perfect Job: Head-Knocker in Chief

Obama's new national security advisor has sharp elbows, a tart tongue, and a taste for the shadows.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

A General Gets Knifed

The Obama administration's infighting suddenly goes public.

Shane Harris |

Report

Nuclear Waste

How the U.S. spent billions on a plan that increases the danger of proliferation.  

Douglas Birch |